St. Marks after being newly restored.
Hurricane Michael brought devastating damage to the west coast of Florida. The aftermath of the hurricane brought good news and bad news for a lighthouse on the west coast that was recently restored.
The St. Marks Lighthouse keepers quarters staircase was destroyed but water did not get inside.
Other areas of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge sustained damage that caused the closure of roadways and damage to other facilities. (Tallahassee Democrats)
“Coming of Age”
I began working on this painting during the Lions 21st Anniversary Celebration on October 13. The Venetian inspired San Marco Square was alive with festivities. I walked around the tiered Lions Fountain to find the best vantage point. I decided to paint the Lions with the San Marco Building behind it. There appeared to be a common thread.
San Marco Square
And I was right. After further research I learned that the designers of the Lions Statue and San Marco Building were both influenced by the architecture in the Venetian Piazza San Marco or San Marco Square.
After settling on the composition for the painting, I decided to use a blue and yellow color scheme. During the celebration, the Lions were adorned with blue and yellow birthday hats. Blue seemed to be a good choice. It was a sunny day with clear blue skies during my second outing working on the painting. Blue also symbolizes the water of the fountain. I used yellow in the building to contrast with the Lions Statue and to soften the dominance of the San Marco Building.
Me at the Lions 21st Birthday Celebration.
I am passionate about the preservation of historic buildings. The 21st Anniversary Celebration of the Lions Fountain brought me full circle. My journey as a lighthouse artist began with painting Art Deco buildings in Miami. My enchantment with Historic San Marco has its roots in the Miami Beach Art Deco Historic District.
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Tybee Island Lighthouse
Today is National Lighthouse Day. Share a photo to support lighthouses by using #NationalLighthouseDay.
Recognizing the importance of lighthouses, President George Washington signed an Act for the establishment and support of Lighthouses on August 7, 1789. The federal government assumed responsibility for all lighthouses in the United States. Secretary of Treasurer Alexander Hamilton oversaw the act.
According to the Navy League, no industry has been more vital to the economy of the United States than that of America’s maritime industry. Lighthouses was once the cornerstone of maritime industry.
For the month of August, I will be celebrating National Lighthouse Day with discounts on my lighthouse art at the boutique store Made in Jax at the Jacksonville International Airport.
Save big on my Gliclee prints at the airport. Gliclee (zhee-KLAY) is a museum quality investment that uses acid free watercolor paper, and pigment based archival inks. This insures that Gliclees never fade, degrade or yellow. Unlike a print that may fade, a 6 color ink jet process ensures a Gliclee retains its original luster.
Granted Nantucket is known as an upscale resort with pricey hotels. The visitors read like a who’s who list from Fortune 500. Despite of all the pricey obstacles, I was lured by the four lighthouses. I was also intrigued about staying at a historic building. Star of the Sea Hostel in Nantucket was once a Life Saving Station. It had been a part of the United States Life Saving Service.
I admit to being reluctant about staying at this hostel. I mean I didn’t know to expect when I booked two nights for $80. That wasn’t exactly the going rate in Nantucket. Yet, I recalled saving a bundle of cash and being happy when I stayed at the dorms at historic Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and Suffolk University in Boston. But a dorm with 32 bunk beds didn’t seem very inviting. I wondered about privacy and the bathrooms.
But the excitement of staying where the Keepers would look for shipwrecks was persuasive. There are steps to the lookou in the women’s dorm where I would be sleeping. I finally voted in favor of the lookout, lighthouses and my pocketbook when I read all the positive reviews.
Once I checked into the hostel all my concerns evaporated. The furnishings were modern and well kept. The bathroom had a private door.
My bunk was on the bottom in a quiet corner of the dorm. The first night the dorm was packed. But at night the dorm was quiet because everyone observed the quiet hours from 10 pm to 7 am. I watched a movie with the free wifi and put my phone on silent.
In the morning there was a light complimentary breakfast with cereal, coffee and assorted breads. For those who want to prepare a heavier meal, there’s a fully equipped kitchen with dishes, pots and more.
My second evening at the hostel was extremely quiet as most of the quests had checked out. During my stay, three ladies were kind enough to befriend me and invite me to sit at their table. I learned from them that there are cabins for rent in addition to the beds in the female dorm. They also taught me the truth of hostel’s motto: “There are no strangers only friends you haven’t met.”
I knew from the start that my journey to Sankaty Lighthouse would be a long one. I stayed in a hostel on the southern coast of Nantucket Island at Surfside Beach and Sankaty Lighthouse was located on the eastern coast. I rode a bus into town then caught a bus to Sconset.
Upon getting off the bus, I looked for directional signs to the lighthouse and found none. After walking the wrong way, I asked for directions. A couple of acquaintances the day before recommended the scenic route for the two mile trek to the lighthouse but gave no detailed instructions. Thankfully, I met a family who gave me printed instructions and tips for navigating the route. The path to lighthouse was scenic but tricky indeed. It led through a rocky road between some cottages then to a short paved walkway and to a grassy winding unmarked trail.
As I crossed a couple of lawns during the walk, I became unnerved. I felt like I was trespassing but I had been reassured that the land on the path was public. After walking for a while, I became concerned that I was lost. One couple told me I was indeed lost and directed me toward the pavement. Another couple said they were walking to the lighthouse and invited me follow them along the grassy path I was on. This preposition seemed more reasonable. When the winding path eventually ended, we began the final 15 minute trek on a paved road to Sankaty Lighthouse.
As I approached the lighthouse, I was delighted to see two lights flashing at the 70 foot red and white lighthouse ahead. Built in 1850, Sankaty lighthouse overlooks the Sankaty Head Golf Club and the Atlantic Ocean. There was marker indicating the previous location of the lighthouse which was moved in 2007. Signage told the story of the lighthouse. As I set down and sketched, I reflected on the long winding path and pondered how to include it in my final art.
After being warned about the presence of deer ticks in the grassy areas, I decided forego the scenic route and take the paved road back to Sconset.
Grab your sunshades and imagination for Art Deco Weekend, Jan. 12-15.
Deco Kids Club
Stop by Caricatures for Tots at my Splash and Color booth Saturday and Sunda. Buy a limited edition signed copy of my Miami Beach Art Deco coloring book.
Lively costumed characters, free art activities, kids marketplace, carnival, free kids Art Deco tours and more await children.
Jazz Age at Art Deco VIP
Experience the mystique and glamour of the prohibition era. Pay $55 for live jazz and an evening soirée. Listen to Michael Arenella, his Dreamland Orchestra and other jazzy musicians the entire weekend.
Miami Beach’s longest running festival has it all. Don’t miss these exciting events:
Antique Car Show, Bark Deco Dog Show, Guided Tours, Antique and Design Promenade, Films, Classic Car Show and more.
Visit over 100 pop up shops on Ocean Drive with tantalizing cuisine and unique items while enjoying free street entertainment.
For more information visit, http://artdecoweekend.com/events/#event-films